New sales for Mia Kankimäki’s The Women I Think About at Night

Mia Kankimäki’s bestselling narrative nonfiction book The Women I Think About at Night will be published in Latvia next year! The rights were acquired by Zvaigzne and their excitement was overflowing:

“Whilst reading the book, I was like traveling myself, I was magically at the same time visiting Blixen’s and Mia’s Africa, and I loved them both.”
– Meldra Āboliņa, Zvaigzne, Latvia

Zvaigzne is the largest publishing company in Latvia. Their non-fiction list contains the likes of Walter Isaacson, Marie Kondo, Bill Bryson, Jeremy Clarkson, etc.

Click here to request the reading materials.

About the book:
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls meets Eat Pray Love.
An exciting and passionate non-fiction book about some of the bravest and most inspiring women throughout history, such as Karen Blixen, Yayoi Kusama, Isabella Bird. Over 18 000 copies have been printed in Finland.

About the author:
Mia Kankimäki has worked as an editor and copywriter. Her first book, Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster, a book that took her to Kyoto in search of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese noblewoman and writer who lived a thousand years ago. The book received, among others, the 2015 HelMet Award annually given by Helsinki libraries to ‘a future classic’.

Rights sold:

Otava (orig.)
Winshare Publishing
Albatros Media/Motto
btb Verlag/RandomHouse
Gelmes Publishing
Uitgeverij Orlando
Eksmo Publishing
Simon & Schuster

About author

Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki is the author of two best-selling books which blend travelogue, memoir, biography, and women’s history. After taking a master’s degree in comparative literature at the University of Helsinki and working diligently in Finnish publishing, in 2010 she left her job and traveled to Japan to write her first book. Her books have received several literary awards, for example the Best Travel Book of the Year 2013, the HelMet Award 2015, and Otava Book Foundation’s Non-Fiction Award 2020. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, whenever she’s not traveling for her next book project.

Mia has been enthusiastic about Japanese culture for years and is a qualified ikebana teacher of the Sogetsu school. Her first book Things That Make One’s Hear Beat Faster took her to Kyoto where she has spent long periods of writing and making research ever since. Kankimäki’s second book The Women I Think About at Night has sold over 55,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 21 territories, including USA and China.

Mia's both books have been aqcuired by Japanese publisher Soshisha:

"I am delighted to share that Mia Kankimäki’s debut title, THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER, is embraced and loved by many Japanese readers. A cross between an autobiography and a travelogue, the author finds an emotional connection with a woman geographically far apart and from a different era and tries to discover who she really was. I believe this style is reflected in THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT as well. Though some of the female figures in this second book might not be well-known locally, I am looking forward to seeing how our readers will react to their lifestyles." - Daisuke Watanabe, Editor, Soshisha


2018, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

The Women I Think About At Night

Mia Kankimäki

2013, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster

Mia Kankimäki